Data is a valuable asset, but it doesn’t necessarily give a complete picture of the national drug epidemic. Every year, SAMHSA releases its annual National Survey On Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The study tracks substance use, mental health issues, and negative health outcomes in the populations it surveys. However, an Oregon advocacy group is suggesting that we need to be tracking more than just overdoses. NSDUH has …
  I am a person in recovery from alcohol. I will always live with this. This is me. It took me plenty of hospital stays, detoxes, jails, and treatment centers to realize the severity of my addiction. It cost me my job, house, and cars. I even lost custody of my son for nine months. My life was consumed by the alcohol I was drinking. Nothing …
Facing Addiction with NCADD is excited to partner with MusiCares to support the ninth annual MusiCares® Teens Make Music Contest. The contest challenges young people to create an original song and/or music video that celebrates life without alcohol or other drugs and brings attention to the real-life consequences of substance misuse. The contest is open to people aged 14-18. The first-place winner gets two tickets …
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Substance use disorder is complex issue that affects people in different ways. However, some factors, such as traumatic experiences or genetic predisposition can influence whether or not someone will become addicted. There’s another major influencer as well: relationships. Women are more likely to develop substance use disorder when they’re in relationships with men who are already addicted. According to Gulf News, women often find that substance use is …
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My name is Amber and I’m a person in recovery. I was 13 years old when I became addicted. I’ve always been the black sheep of my family. I felt like an outcast growing up and still sometimes do, when it comes to the way certain family members treat me. They don’t understand that addiction is not a choice. Nobody wants to be an “addict.” Addiction runs deep in my family.
My journey with addiction started well before I ever put a substance into my body. When I was about 5 years old, my parents started using in front of me, openly. My father used to wake me up at all hours of the night and make me hitchhike miles and miles with him so he could smoke crack. He said he would get a ride faster because I was with him, …
12 Steps? Get SMART? Try hanging 10. Using a surfboard, the waves, and recovery support, surf therapy is helping people with substance use disorder find their balance. According to Surfer Today, addiction therapists found that surf therapy, which is also known as ocean therapy, can help treat substance abuse disorders and other, co-existing disorders linked with addiction. Carly Rogers, an occupational therapist, studied …
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Addiction is An Illness With Bite. To Recover, We Need Healthcare That is More Than Skin Deep. Dental care is an overlooked but critical recovery service. Sustained recovery can erase track marks, jaundice, and abscesses. Teeth, however, don’t rebound easily from regular exposure to substances like alcohol or heroin. Oral health may be the key to help people with substance use disorder reenter society. But many …
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  As a child, I didn’t quite understand addiction. I didn’t understand what it meant to have an “alcoholic” parent, even though I had one. I would see my dad stumbling around, hear my parents arguing, or witness tears streaming down my dad’s face, but I didn’t understand what was going on. As I aged, I began to piece things together and eventually began to wrap my mind around the term “alcoholic”.
In a powerful, moving episode of her show Red Table Talk, Jada Pinkett Smith interviewed her mother Adrienne Banfield Norris about her 20-year heroin addiction. Special guest August Alsina, and Will Smith’s youngest sister, Ashley Marie also joined Jada. The guests shared candidly about how they have faced addiction and how their illness affected their loved ones. The stigma of addiction …
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